The Indians couldn’t have felt too good as the Red Sox were battering Fausto Carmona and Rafael Perez early in this game as they are two of their best young pitchers. Carmona worked the first 4 innings of the game and he allowed 4 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 5 batters and whiffed 5. Rafael Perez followed Carmona and he worked 1/3 of an inning and he allowed 3 hits and 2 earned runs. Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell cranked back to back homers off of Perez. This is where Eric Wedge outmanaged Terry Francona as he let Jensen Lewis and Rafael Betancourt work 4.2 innings and they allowed only 1 hit, 0 runs and whiffed 4 batters. Tom Mastny pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win and Joe Borowski pitched a scoreless 11th inning despite allowing 2 hits and walking a batter.
Eric Wedge also waved his magic wand as he pinch hit Trot Nixon in the 11th inning and he got the eventual game-winning RBI single against lefty reliever Javier Lopez. Grady Sizemore had an excellent game as he was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, a double, homer and 1 RBI. Travis Hafner pitched in as he was 2 for 5. Victor Martinez had a huge game as he was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI and Ryan Garko also was solid as he was 2 for 6 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Jhonny Peralta was awesome Saturday Night as he was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, a double, homer and 4 RBIs. Franklin Gutierrez put the final nail in the Red Sox coffin with a big homer in the 11th inning. He was 1 for 6 with 1 run scored and 4 RBIs. The Indians are now tied 1-1 in this series.